Archive for Thursday, December 4, 2008

Slow as molasses

December 4, 2008

I firmly believe that some of the old remedies are still the best remedies. When we were kids our parents seemed to know exactly what to do to make us well. One of the home remedies was a teaspoon of Blackstrap Molasses in a cup of warm water. Thinking about this made me do some research about this kind of remedy.

It all started with making refined white sugar. Blackstrap is just one type of molasses, the dark liquid that is the byproduct of the process of refining sugar cane into table sugar. Blackstrap molasses is made from the third boiling of the sugar syrup and is therefore the byproduct left over after the sugar’s sucrose has been crystallized.

History was not good to Blackstrap Molasses as one doctor’s analysis in the 1800’s indicated there was a “bug” in unrefined sugar that was harmful to human beings. In fact it was fed only to livestock at one time. Another doctor had a sample analyzed by a laboratory, and no such “bug” was ever found. In Britain, as recently as 50 years ago, this molasses was not available for human consumption due to the inaccurate information of the 1800s. Blackstrap gained in popularity during the health food movement in the mid 20th Century.

Blackstrap molasses is an alkaline food. It is a good source of calcium, potassium, manganese, copper, magnesium and other minerals. When it is further refined down into white sugar it changes to an acid food which is harder for the body to metabolize, and in turn, leaches life giving vitamins and minerals from the body.

According to what I have read it helps many problems, including anemia, arthritis, constipation, eczema, dermatitis, psoriasis, and fatigue. It improves heart function, nerve problems, disease prevention and many other things.

It took many years to show the health benefits of Blackstrap Molasses. Today naturopathic doctors maintain that foods taken in their whole form are the secret to sustaining long life and good health.

Much of this information came from a booklet called “Nature’s Miracle Tonics” by Laurel Dewey, herbalist.


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